Thomas Elder Jr was the Motion Picture Operator for the 25th Air Service Group. This probably made him a favorite among the men!
After returning home from the war, Tom married Midge Sager and raised three boys. His wife still survives and lives in the same house in which they raised their boys. Tom never talked about the war but he did say once that he did not know it at the time but he serviced the plane that carried the atomic bomb. He said they knew something was up because of all the secrecy about the plane.
Tom came home from the war and worked at a movie theater his entire career. Since he has a camera in each of the above pictures, it makes sense.
Thomas Elder Jr circa 1970